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Monday, February 20, 2012

Home Cookin': Portuguese Caldo Verde

Today, I decided to whip up a delicious Portuguese soup and I gave it a wee twist. If you're Portuguese, I bastardized it. I used Mexican longaniza instead of linguisa, as I found it on sale at my local grocer. The end result was fantastic.

Caldo Verde

2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
32 oz low sodium chicken broth
10 oz Mexican longaniza (or linguisa or hot Italian sausage)
1 lb kale, stemmed and finely chopped
Salt and pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil

In a Dutch oven, heat the oil, add the onion and sweat it down for about 6 - 10 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for another two minutes. Pour in broth and potatoes and boil for 15 minutes, or the potatoes are tender. Slice the sausage into bite sized pieces, brown and drain well. Use an immersion blender to purée the potato portion and add the sausage. Once the soup reaches a boil, add the kale and continue at a low boil for 3 - 5 minutes until kale is tender. Test for salt and pepper, serve with a drizzle of good olive oil. This would be a great meal with a salad and some crusty buttered bread. I slip some cayenne in at the end, as I like it hot!

Give it a try, it's inexpensive and kale is in season. Delightful on a cool drizzly day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Opens and Shuts: W Gray Cafe? Not verified

I heard some scuttlebutt that the W Gray Cafe was shut by the Health Department, or something like that.  It's hearsay, perhaps third hand, anybody care enough to confirm, or at least set me straight here? 

On the Follow: Biba's KitBar

Well kids, four times I have had their breakfast.  Now, I quoth the raven.  Nevermore.  I find that I like Lankford Grocery and Harry's much better for the price and consistency.  I tried, I really did.  I tried to love them much harder than a three year old tries to love brussels sprouts.  No. Can. Do.  If I'm feeling particularly "in the chips", or there happens to be an interminable line everywhere I turn....maybe.  I mean seriously maybe.  They are too inconsistent, even the sausage patties are different every time.  Once, the cheese in my omelet had that musky "I'm not feeling so fresh" taste.  Maybe with Late Nite Pie succumbing to fire, they will get some two a.m. "I'm loaded, I'll eat what doesn't bite me first" crowd. 

Stick a spork in me...I'm done.